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Match Preview - Newcastle Town FC vs Runcorn Linnets FC


Big test for buoyant Castle

 

With four points from two games, it’s been a very solid start for our new man at the helm, Neil Baker but we know that this weekend’s fixture with Runcorn Linnets represents his and our toughest challenge so far in this new era at Castle.



The 0-0 draw with Hanley stopped the rot after a run of defeats and then finally, after three minutes short of ten hours we scored a goal and not only that, went on to record a come from behind win at Mossley last weekend.


Runcorn are always there or thereabouts in the promotion shake up and this season is no different. They currently sit third and it would be a brave man who bets against them making the play-offs again.


There will definitely be at least one change to the team for the visit of Runcorn. Dan Cockerline has moved on to Warrington Rylands to test himself in the Northern Premier League Premier Division, so an opportunity will be there for one of our other forward players to step up to the plate.


In August, we travelled to Runcorn for our third league game of the season after two defeats and surprised our hosts by coming away with a point, perhaps a repeat wouldn’t be such a bad result this time around as well.


For now, the focus must be on the old mantra of one game at a time as we continue through this period of transition.


The win at Mossley was desperately needed, as it keeps us three points above Hednesford who occupy the second relegation place.


We won’t be looking too far ahead but the mood is optimistic,and the boys are ready for the challenge that the visit of promotion hopefuls Runcorn brings.


Come on Castle!

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